Is HPDE driving safer than a race? There are rules about not driving aggressively, and even in groups with open passing, people tend to use point-bys. So it’s supposed to be safer. But the cars don’t need to have full cages and the drivers aren’t required to wear full safety gear. Watch this blue 350Z lose control when it goes 2 wheels off.
You’re supposed to drive on the racing line and let the faster cars drive around you. This guy made a very costly mistake by driving way off the line.